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Pro-Life Teen Barred from Receiving Honor by Ohio House Speaker
LifeSiteNews ^ | 2/9/10 | LifeSiteNews

Posted on 02/09/2010 4:04:08 PM PST by wagglebee

COLUMBUS, Ohio, February 9, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - In what critics are calling an unprecedented act of bias, pro-abortion Ohio House Speaker Armond Budish (D-Beechwood) has denied Shelby County teen Elisabeth Trisler a routine legislative honor, evidently because he objects to Trisler's pro-life values. Budish is refusing to allow Trisler on the House floor to accept a legislative resolution, authored by Rep. John Adams (R-Sidney), which honors Trisler's accomplishment as the National Right to Life Oratory Contest winner. 

Alongside local pro-life leaders, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Ohio has criticized the move, indicating the refusal amounted to "teaching young people that the answer is to silence those who disagree with us."

Honorary resolutions such as the one given to Trisler are routinely presented at the start of Ohio House legislative sessions to constituents, including those who win athletic championships or academic contests.  In this case, however, Trisler will receive the resolution in the mail, according to Ohio Right to Life.
 
"Surely Speaker Budish can put aside his partisanship for 10 minutes to honor the accomplishments of a talented and optimistic teenage girl," said Ohio Right to Life Executive Director Mike Gonidakis.  "Perhaps his real message to Ohio's teens is that excelling in public speaking isn't worth being honored if their views are different than his." 

State Rep. John Adams called the Speaker's denial "an outrage."
 
Trisler won the National Right to Life Oratory Contest held at the NRLC Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina in June, 2009. During the second half of 2009, Rep. Adams's office worked to schedule the presentation of Trisler's proclamation on the House floor, as is typical of such awards. The presentation was scheduled for Wednesday, February 3, 2010.
 
However, on January 29th, the House Clerk informed Rep. Adams's office the presentation would not take place because the Speaker "had a problem with the subject matter." The clerk advised the representative's staff to take the matter up with the Speaker. Speaker Budish supports abortion.
 
"The Ohio House chamber is a monument to the importance of oratory and persuasion on the great issues facing our state," said Gonidakis. "Silencing someone because you disagree is a terrible lesson to teach teens. The Speaker should reconsider his unfortunately petty decision."

ACLU of Ohio Executive Director Christine Link also criticized the move, which she says created a "troubling precedent."

"Instead of teaching young people that the answer is to silence those who disagree with us, legislators should be modeling how to address difficult issues thoughtfully and listen respectfully to others," said Link.

"Ohio has a diverse political and social landscape that includes a broad spectrum of views that may be controversial to some," she continued.  "If we limit whose achievements may be honored, we are only contributing to the notion that these issues are divisive and cannot reasonably be discussed."

Keary McCarthy, the communications director at Speaker Budish's office, said that the Speaker's decision was consistent with precedent that such a presentation should not be used as a platform for a specific political agenda.

"The Speaker believes it's important to avoid having political interests on either side of the aisle abuse this brief opportunity for celebration and recognition," McCarthy told LifeSiteNews.com.

However, he said, "the Speaker will gladly reconsider the request of Representative Adams if appropriate discretion is used in a way that does not contradict the history of the House" for not using the reception as a forum for advocacy.


Contact information:

Armond Budish
Speaker of the House, Ohio House of Representatives
77 S. High St
14th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215-6111
Phone: (614) 466-5441
Fax: (614) 719-0008
Email: district08@ohr.state.oh.us


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: Ohio
KEYWORDS: 2010; abortion; antichristianbigotry; awards; democrats; liberalfascism; moralabsolutes; ohio; prolife; teens
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Keary McCarthy, the communications director at Speaker Budish's office, said that the Speaker's decision was consistent with precedent that such a presentation should not be used as a platform for a specific political agenda.

It's only a "political agenda" to those who want to kill babies, for the rest of us it's a matter of life and death.

1 posted on 02/09/2010 4:04:09 PM PST by wagglebee
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2 posted on 02/09/2010 4:04:44 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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3 posted on 02/09/2010 4:05:23 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee

I hope this story goes viral.


4 posted on 02/09/2010 4:06:13 PM PST by Canedawg (FUBO! Just FUBO.)
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To: wagglebee
"Alongside local pro-life leaders, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Ohio has criticized the move, indicating the refusal amounted to "teaching young people that the answer is to silence those who disagree with us."

Huh??? the ACLU????

Well even a broken clock is right twice a day

5 posted on 02/09/2010 4:07:18 PM PST by Mr. K (This administration IS WEARING OUT MY CAPSLOCK KEY!)
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To: wagglebee

Another day another fascist.


6 posted on 02/09/2010 4:07:27 PM PST by jwalsh07
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To: wagglebee

Democrats suck.


7 posted on 02/09/2010 4:09:16 PM PST by SaveTheChief (Hey Democrats - Can you hear us now?)
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To: wagglebee

>>>Alongside local pro-life leaders, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Ohio has criticized the move, indicating the refusal amounted to “teaching young people that the answer is to silence those who disagree with us.”<<<

Wow! The ACLU actually supporting civil liberties for someone speaking out for life. You don’t see that everyday.


8 posted on 02/09/2010 4:09:36 PM PST by Above My Pay Grade (Read My Palm: No More Socialism - Palin 2012)
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To: TonyRo76; Las Vegas Dave

Ohio Ping Please


9 posted on 02/09/2010 4:09:42 PM PST by Pontiac
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To: wagglebee

I don’t see where this has anything to do with a “political agenda.” It is completely a moral issue. I am glad to see, though, that Mr. Budish is getting some publicity out of this. There will no doubt be a number of his constituents who will disagree with him. Should there be enough of those, it will tend to winnow his support away and that is a good thing.


10 posted on 02/09/2010 4:10:28 PM PST by davisfh ( Islam is a very serious mental and social illness)
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To: wagglebee

**Ohio House Speaker Armond Budish (D-Beechwood)**

Here’s another dimocrat liberal to boot from office.

Come on, Ohioans, do it!


12 posted on 02/09/2010 4:10:47 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: wagglebee

Somebody needs to remind Speaker Armond Budish that President Obama has called for more bipartisanship.


13 posted on 02/09/2010 4:11:09 PM PST by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: Mr. K

The ACLU is blowing a smokescreen. They’re evil to the core.


14 posted on 02/09/2010 4:11:30 PM PST by MarineBrat (Better dead than red!)
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To: wagglebee
Speaker Armond Budish:

"Hi Fans!"

15 posted on 02/09/2010 4:12:53 PM PST by capt. norm (Never underestimate the power of very stupid people in large groups.)
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To: wagglebee; glock rocks

How in the hell did we arrive at this point in this once great country...


16 posted on 02/09/2010 4:13:00 PM PST by tubebender (Thanks to all the Patriots who support Free Republic financially...)
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To: wagglebee

I sent dipshit an e-mail.


17 posted on 02/09/2010 4:16:03 PM PST by my small voice (A biased media and an uneducated public is the biggest threat to our democracy)
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To: capt. norm

Kick this skunk out of office!


18 posted on 02/09/2010 4:16:50 PM PST by DarthVader (Liberalism is the politics of EVIL whose time of judgment has come.)
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To: wagglebee
"Surely Speaker Budish can put aside his partisanship for 10 minutes to honor the accomplishments of a talented and optimistic teenage girl," said Ohio Right to Life Executive Director Mike Gonidakis. "Perhaps his real message to Ohio's teens is that excelling in public speaking isn't worth being honored if their views are different than his."

The real message is that Democraps don’t like optimistic people.

Look at everything they support: Global Warming (We’re all gonna Die from the Earth getting hot!), Abortion (We’re all going to starve to death because there are too many People), Animal Rights (People are just no darned good), Environmental Movement (we’re all going to die of cancer because we pollute too much)

I can go on but I think you get the point. The Libs think everything is bad and it is all our fault. The Libs think the whole world is going to the devil.

19 posted on 02/09/2010 4:17:36 PM PST by Pontiac
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To: capt. norm

I just sent the stupid pr**k an email calling him a disgrace to the US. IF I get a reply, I will post it.


20 posted on 02/09/2010 4:21:07 PM PST by bfree (The revolution is coming and it will be violent--FUBO)
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To: wagglebee
the refusal amounted to "teaching young people that the answer is to silence those who disagree with us."

Get used to it, it's the "Progressive" way. That is to say the Communist way.

21 posted on 02/09/2010 4:21:44 PM PST by El Gato ("The second amendment is the reset button of the US constitution"-Doug McKay)
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To: wagglebee

I’ve worked with this fine young lady on campaigns in both Ohio and Virginia. Kudos to her for winning the honor, regardless of Speaker Budish’s classless behavior.

I have nothing else to say about Budish or this story that is suitable for a polite audience.


22 posted on 02/09/2010 4:37:14 PM PST by Dan Middleton
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To: capt. norm

Wonder how Buckeye fans like his Michigan colors.


23 posted on 02/09/2010 4:48:33 PM PST by FrdmLvr ("The people will believe what the media tells them they believe." Orwell)
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To: capt. norm
That's a picture of Gov. Strickland (also a Rat). Here is Budish:
24 posted on 02/09/2010 5:04:08 PM PST by katana
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To: wagglebee

Dear Speaker,

I am writing in hopes that you will reconsider your decision not to allow Elizabeth Tisler to receive recognition for her oratory award due to her pro-life views.

You are setting a poor precedent and that fact that even the ACLU objects to your position should attest to that.

I hope that this type of censorship - for that is what it is, censorship - will be opposed by the office of the Speaker; not encouraged.

Is it your position that only speakers who hold your views can be recognized for oratory awards?

The fact that she is a minor makes the slight even more offensive.


25 posted on 02/09/2010 5:10:20 PM PST by Persevero
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To: katana
Here's another picture of the perp:


26 posted on 02/09/2010 5:20:36 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: wagglebee
consistent with precedent that such a presentation should not be used as a platform for a specific political agenda.

But by denying her this honor that she has earned, he is using his platform for a specific political agenda.

28 posted on 02/09/2010 5:27:56 PM PST by Teotwawki (Live free or die. Seriously. It's not just a state slogan.)
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To: wagglebee
This is what we get for electing that RINO Taft all those years ago. That mess got us to where we have liberals clogging up the halls of power with their biased crap.

Hopefully we have learned our lesson and will oust the liberals and elect solid Conservatives to clean up this mess!

29 posted on 02/09/2010 5:32:04 PM PST by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the next one...)
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To: wagglebee; All

I sent my message to the dear Speaker. I urge everyone else to do the same. The contact info is at the end of the article.


30 posted on 02/09/2010 5:33:12 PM PST by Faith (Natural born citizen and willing to prove it.)
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To: Teotwawki
But by denying her this honor that she has earned, he is using his platform for a specific political agenda.

But, as a liberal, Budish's free speech is protected.

Ms. Trisler's is not.

31 posted on 02/09/2010 5:56:13 PM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: wagglebee

Lord, God Almighty,

please bring him to confession and repentance.

If he will not, please remove him from power ASAP.


32 posted on 02/09/2010 7:49:08 PM PST by Quix ( POL Ldrs quotes fm1900 TRAITORS http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/2130557/posts?page=81#81)
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To: wagglebee
Proverbs 8:36 "But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death." KJV
33 posted on 02/09/2010 8:08:23 PM PST by Repeat Offender (While the wicked stand confounded, call me with Thy Saints surrounded)
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To: wagglebee

Is there video of the award-winning speech available?


34 posted on 02/09/2010 8:57:52 PM PST by Rich Knight
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To: wagglebee; ALASKA; ActionNewsBill; airborne; A knight without armor; albertp; areafiftyone; ...

Ping list members, this is a non-ping list topic ping that may be of importance to you!

I have copied and pasted the contact information for your information and/or of possible use..

LVD
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Armond Budish
Speaker of the House, Ohio House of Representatives
77 S. High St
14th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215-6111
Phone: (614) 466-5441
Fax: (614) 719-0008
Email: district08@ohr.state.oh.us


35 posted on 02/10/2010 2:16:23 AM PST by Las Vegas Dave (To anger a Conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a Liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: wagglebee

I guess freedom of speech did not extend to the Ohio state legislature.


36 posted on 02/10/2010 2:19:02 AM PST by votemout
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To: tubebender
How in the hell did we arrive at this point in this once great country...

They outlawed dueling.

37 posted on 02/10/2010 2:23:01 AM PST by Rome2000 (OBAMA IS A COMMUNIST CRYPTO-MUSLIM)
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To: capt. norm

That’s the Ohio Gov (pervert)...and a practicing homosexual with a beard “wife”. No doubt, his “position” influenced the decision.


38 posted on 02/10/2010 2:24:02 AM PST by newfreep (Palin/DeMint 2012 - Bolton: Secy of State)
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To: Mr. K
Huh??? the ACLU???? Well even a broken clock is right twice a day

Actually they bat about 25% for our side. They supported Limbaugh on several occasions and they frequesntly support Students that want to start Republican and conservative political clubs on various campuses.

Most often it is the goofy stuff that makes the news.

39 posted on 02/10/2010 2:28:29 AM PST by verga (I am not an apologist, I just play one on Television)
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To: wagglebee

Is there a link to this young woman’s winning speech on the internet anywhere? I would like to hear it.


40 posted on 02/10/2010 2:48:20 AM PST by rawhide
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To: katana

That’s gay.


41 posted on 02/10/2010 3:08:02 AM PST by savedbygrace
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To: Las Vegas Dave

42 posted on 02/10/2010 3:38:41 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: wagglebee

Just sent this:

Prior restraint is unconstitutional Senator!

Your conditional approval itself “contradicts the history of the house”!

Since when does anybody speak in the House without using it as a “forum for advocacy”?

Your discomfort with the prospect of a bright young woman promoting the pro-life position is NOT the priority here.

Perhaps you would prefer that Ms. Trisler give a slightly different speech on the steps outside of the Capital?


43 posted on 02/10/2010 5:12:05 AM PST by G Larry (DNC is comprised of REGRESSIVES!)
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To: Las Vegas Dave

thx


44 posted on 02/10/2010 5:52:46 AM PST by Quix ( POL Ldrs quotes fm1900 TRAITORS http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/2130557/posts?page=81#81)
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To: wagglebee

I think pro aborts are getting very nervous. They have held all the cards for the last 20 years,yet the public opinion has turned against the killing of babies..

Does this guy think his blocking an honor to this girl will stem the tide??


45 posted on 02/10/2010 6:29:25 AM PST by RnMomof7 (Here I stand. I can do no other. God help me. Amen.)
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To: capt. norm

Armond Budish singing the Subway “Five dollar foot long” jingle?

Militant


46 posted on 02/10/2010 7:00:55 AM PST by militant2 (I may not agree with everything you say, but......hell, I don't agree with anything you say!)
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To: savedbygrace

You made me spew coffee!
You are so right.


47 posted on 02/10/2010 8:31:51 AM PST by netmilsmom (I am Ilk)
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To: Canedawg

I just called and left a message for this tyrant. We should ALL do so!


48 posted on 02/10/2010 9:18:43 AM PST by Clump (the tree of liberty is withering like a stricken fig tree)
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To: Quix

I wholeheartedly agree in Jesus’ Holy Name, Amen


49 posted on 02/10/2010 9:19:05 AM PST by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: skr

AMEN! AMEN!

THX.


50 posted on 02/10/2010 9:35:39 AM PST by Quix ( POL Ldrs quotes fm1900 TRAITORS http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/2130557/posts?page=81#81)
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